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I found the different perfumes within certain lines, such as Bond No. 9, rather more similar to each other than I expected.
Also not very different, or different enough, than many other fragrances there right now, in that I expected a more edgy NYC feel; but then that might not be appealing to a greater market.
In contrast, at the same time, samples arrived directly from Zz's Petals, aka Liz Zorn perfumes. For $20 a variety of five hand made fragrances in tiny vials, mostly of the strong and intense vein, very individualistic. My clear preference, anyway.
I was trying one on per day, and then could go back and try again a couple of more times, thereby formulating an opinion and a feel for each fragrance. The initial experience, the first five seconds, were a little shocking and medicinal, but five more seconds they bloomed into their own fullness, and there was a dimension and depth to each of them that pulled me in and left me wanting more.
These lasted and changed on the skin in pleasant ways over the course of hours. Particularly Sinti, the rose absolute on rose essential oil fragrance, with Balsam of Peru (a favorite) among other things.
There is much to be said for the approach of obtaining small vial samples, certainly it is very difficult to base a decision on anything less.
The handmade fragrances using a high concentration of organic and natural essences gave, not surprisingly, a much stronger and fuller experience and the impression of beauty within the scents lingered much longer than the more mainstream department store fragrances.
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